Meeting Resistance and Ashley Gilbertson

October 29th, 2007

I’ve found it hard to get into hospitals, prisons, and the collegiate greek system to document the affects of sexual violence. How about the access (beheading risk, or endless detainment by coalition forces) challenges of working with the Iraqi insurgency? With the war coverage becoming less and less balanced, this film looks like it will provide at least a glimpse of the ‘other side.’

Movie Synopsis: Meeting Resistance
“What would you do if your country was invaded? MEETING RESISTANCE raises the veil of anonymity surrounding the Iraqi insurgency by meeting face to face with individuals who are passionately engaged in the struggle, and documenting for the very first time, the sentiments experienced and actions taken by a nation’s citizens when their homeland is occupied. Voices that have previously not been heard, male and female, speak candidly about their motivations, hopes and goals, revealing a kaleidoscope of human perspectives. Featuring reflective, yet fervent conversations with active insurgents, MEETING RESISTANCE is the missing puzzle piece in understanding the Iraq war. Directed by Steve Connors and Molly Bingham, this daring, eye-opening film provides unique insight into the personal narratives of people involved in the resistance, exploding myth after myth about the war in Iraq and the Iraqis who participate. Through its unprecedented access to these clandestine groups, MEETING RESISTANCE focuses the spotlight on the “other side,” leaving the viewer with clarity as to why the violence in Iraq continues to this day.”

And a little more on photographer Ashley Gilbertson. Having found me on Technorati, the University of Chicago Press emailed me to say they’d added a video interview of Gilbertson talking about how he made some of the images in his book “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.”

Click here to view the 30min video (in whole or in parts) or see it in six parts on YouTube (link at left).

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